Energy & Engineering
Favorite thing about ECO:
Definitely the people. Everyone is always positive, working hard to achieve the same goals, and that is very motivating.
Correy completed his B.S. in Chemistry at UC Santa Barbara (2013), then later obtained his Master's in Material Science Engineering at UC Davis (2017). His interest in energy conservation began in his AP Environmental Science class in high school where he learned about the wide variety of issues that our society faces and how these environmental issues are (or are not) being addressed.
The path that led him to ECO started with a Net Zero Energy class, in which he was partnered with Abe McKay, another graduate student researcher, to work on building energy modeling project at ECO. The project sparked Correy's interest in ECO's work, and he officially joined the ECO team in June 2017.
Most memorable ECO moment/project and why:
The WiFi data project where we monitor the number of devices in a building as a proxy for occupancy. At first, we didn’t have the means of collecting this data, but with a bit of effort, we are now able to create an archive of devices connected to eduroam in each building. This is very cool to see how different buildings have their own unique patterns, and we can use that to match the HVAC system schedules to when people are actually there and save a ton of money.
Favorite spot on campus:
The best spot on campus is the Redwood Grove in the arboretum. Luckily, it isn’t very far from the office.
What inspires you?
"… There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.” – Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994